You name it, they sold it - all for a good cause

Posted: August 06, 2010

Scattered across tables at Lincoln Financial Field was the stuff of rummage sales and Craigslist - used Xbox video games and DVD boxed sets of TV shows.

It definitely wasn't the usual merchandise on sale at an NFL stadium, but Thursday evening, at the second annual Eagles Flight Night, cast-off items that bore an Eagles player's autograph became valued collectibles at the charity "Wives Yard Sale."

Random items, many with a player's signature, made their way to the seemingly endless tables of memorabilia. There were used books read by players and then signed. There were also movies, trading cards, cleats, and Nike shoes meant for casual wear.

The items were essentially taken from the closets of Eagles players, but that was just part of the allure.

"I'm surprised they didn't bring socks," joked Korinne Dennis, Eagles Eye Mobile assistant.

The wives and families of Eagles players, along with volunteers, were on hand to help with the sale, which also included more typical fan favorites such as autographed jerseys and practice gear, which sold quickly. But more ordinary items - signed photos, T-shirts, and baseball caps - also caught the attention of browsers.

"I just thought it was going to be one table of stuff here," said Eagles fan George Lonabaugh, 52, of Philadelphia. "It's kind of nice to see this, though."

Proceeds from the evening's ticket sales and from the memorabilia sale benefit the Eagles Youth Partnership programs, including the Eagles Eye Mobile and Book Mobile.

No booze

Missing at Lincoln Financial Field for the Eagles' scrimmage was the sale of alcohol. Some fans were startled when they visited concession stands and saw a sign announcing the prohibition for the evening.

"I guess they don't really care how much money they raise for their youth foundation," said a disgruntled Victor Lopez, 25. "If they did, they'd sell the . . . beers."

For others, it was hardly an imposition.

"Doesn't bother me," said John McLachian, 44, of Gilbertsville. "I didn't even notice."


Contact staff writer Mario Aguirre at 215-854-4550 or maguirre@phillynews.com

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